The NPFMC finished action on halibut charter agenda items 24 hours later than expected at noon on Sunday 4/1/07.Â The actual motions are attached at the end of this summary – these motions are what they started with and my notes as they made amendments are handwritten in.Â
The NPFMC took final action on the halibut charter moratorium.Â The qualifiying criteria is 5 bottomfish trips in 2004 or 2005 and the year prior to implementation.Â It is expected that the charter fleet will be operating under the moratorium in 2009.
The NPFMC initiated an action for a halibut charter allocation package.Â This was two actions that are linked.Â The first action was the allocation amounts that might be determined as a percent of a combined fishery catch limit (floats with the abundance of the biomass) orÂ fixed poundages with stair steps up or down with the biomass.Â The ranges for 2C are 12-17% or 1.4Mlbs-1.9Mlbs and in 3A 13-15% or 3.7Mlbs-4.2Mlbs.Â This would become a hard allocation with sector accountability in other words if the charter industry exceeds their allocation it will be subtracted from them the following year.Â This action was tied to analysis of compensated reallocation mechanisms.Â Several council members expressed their opinion that they want initial review of this package in October and final action on the allocation in December.
The NPFMC failed a motion to support the amendment of the halibut act that would allow delegation of authority for management of the halibut charter fishery to the State of Alaska.
The NPFMC released the 2C GHL management measures to the public with final action scheduled for June 2007.Â An analysis of 3A management measures was initiated with initial review in June and final action in October.
Â The NPFMC also provided the halibut charter stakeholder meeting with some directions.Â One that the allocation between the sectors was not to be discussed but a priority was given to work on the compensated reallocation issue followed by work on the long term solutions with a emphasis on the limited entry program rather than the IFQ.